Also in the Magnetic North series
Winter Seed Preparation
WTIP North Shore Community Radio commentator Vicki Biggs-Anderson talks about the beauty of harvesting seeds and other preparations at the onset of winter.
Bird brains and other family members
This past winter, while most folks in the country were poring over seed catalogs, Vicki was busy taking a care of a problem on her homestead. A duck problem, to be exact. In ...
Wooly Bears and Laying in the Winter Reading
This year’s winter is gearing up to be a fierce one. But Vicki is ready. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki describes predicting the severity of winter and how she’s ...
The Rest of My Life
In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki reflects on her hobby of rock-picking on the beach near her house in northeastern Minnesota. While searching for pebbles, she thinks ...
Playing With Fire
Winter air infused with maple or birch smoke is one of the joys of living up north year ‘round. The scent of smoke in the chilly air also signals that all is well. It says ...
Old Memories And New Beginnings
For Vicki, the blustery winds of winter on the North Shore stir old memories of getting the farm ready for winter and the holidays with her husband Paul. When he was ...
On her homestead, Vicki has a lot of critters, and some of them are more welcome than others. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki shares her views on one particularly ...
Humbled By Nature And Joy
Even in the relentless heat of midsummer, Vicki finds beauty and joy in the surrounding nature. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki marvels at the warmth, colors and ...
Too Fat To Fly
In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki goes into the trials and triumphs of raising baby ducklings.
Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm.
Welcome back to Magnetic North where the air is filled with winged things, and not the kind with feathers!
No, I speak not of the dread mosquito, or black fly or no-seeum, but of butterflies. For some reason, the population of Monarch and Swallowtails is way, way up this season. With the first blossoming of dandelions on our backyard lawn, the burnt orange Monarchs literally swarmed above the ocean of yellow fuzz balls.
My granddaughter, Jane, stood in the cloud of Monarchs with her arms literally cutting through the waves of the jeweled insects above and around her. A photo op if ever there was one!
A few days later, the Swallowtails appeared. These are the mustardy gold butterflies with black tipping on their wings. As if being beautiful weren’t enough, the Swallowtails show off by grouping on a patch of ground, usually a sunny patch of gravel. Once a critical mass forms, the littl...
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki takes a moment to bask in the beauty of butterflies.OUTRO:
That was Magnetic North from WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.